Arseblog: Monday 8th April 2002

April 8th

22.20 – Robert Pires has won the much coveted…ahem….Sky Sports.com Player of the Year award.

Classic quote from Thierry Henry – “I want to see Spurs’ penalty again because I want to have a laugh.”

The Standard has an exclusive interview with Marc Roget, Patrick Vieira’s agent. He speaks about PV and his other clients, and stronly denies having anything to do with last summer’s stories about Vieira wanting to leave. Well, he would, wouldn’t he?

A well written article does not hide the fact that this guy whored Vieira around the top clubs last summer, tried to destroy his relationship with Arsenal fans to facilitate a move (there are many Arsenal fans who still feel their staunch support of Paddy was tainted) and will probably do it all again this summer after the world cup. He already hints at his tactics in the interview when he says “..what is wrong if Patrick decides to stay at Arsenal and honour his contract? Why should he not be able to do that? Okay, Arsenal could sell him for more money this summer but would the supporters be happy with that? Why can’t he stay as long as his contract allows him to stay? I can see nothing wrong in that, nothing at all.”

He knows the club simply can’t afford to let a £40m asset depreciate in value to £0 on a Bosman, therefore forcing them to sell. But of course, that will be Arsenal’s choice – he would have nothing to do with it. For me, this bloke is a French Terry Venables, an absolute spiv with nobody’s interests at heart but his own and his bank manager’s. May he forever have an itch upon his scrotum.

01.05 – A couple of good articles in The Sun. First, a profile of Edu who is really beginning to shine in the centre of midfield, and second, a story that says Arsenal are going to sign Kevin Hofland from under the noses of Man Utd. He’ll come as part of a package deal with Marc van Bommell, and it also says Arsene is hoping to buy Trezeguet, Barry Ferguson and Stephen Carr. Has someone at Arsenal won the lottery?

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